An image of When I had worked the pattern

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

(Australia  – )

Marie McMahon

(Australia 1953 – )

Frances Phoenix

(Australia 1950 – 2017)

When I had worked the pattern, from The D'Oyley Show

Location
Not on display
Further information

Distinctly Australian designs began to appear in fancywork following a competition run by Melbourne's 'Weekly Times' in 1923. 'A Mother' invited women to crochet 'something original and characteristic of their own country', with five pounds offered for the 'best design introducing Australian flora and fauna or landscape'. In 1924, 'The Weekly Times book of Australian filet crochet' reproduced a selection of works and their patterns.

Miss S Duke's 'Bush hut triangle', seen on this poster, was included in the publication, with its gumnut border and huts, complete with smoking chimneys. Miss Duke, from Bullarook, wrote, 'I daresay that many women will now design their own laces. I know that I shall try again'. This poster celebrates the pioneering crochet and needlework designs of Australian women.

Year
1979
Media
Print
Medium
colour screenprint on thin white wove paper
Dimensions
73.5 x 49.0 image (irreg.); 78.8 x 51.3 cm sheet
Credit
Purchased 1981
Accession number
175.1981.7
Copyright
© Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the Women's Domestic Needlework Group